Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Poggio del Gallo is a well-restored villa just 6km from the lovely town of Arezzo. Is set on a secluded ridge, overlooking vineyards and olive groves, with the historical hilltop town of Arezzo in the background. This privileged location combines the advantages of utmost privacy and tranquillity with the nearby amenities of a town. The house and gardens are meticulously maintained and the spacious, bright interiors are tastefully furnished and fitted with all modern conveniences. Lawns, patios and the pool area provide many opportunities for outdoor relaxation within the sheltered grounds.
This property is a modern structure which incorporates many traditional Tuscan design features, such as whitewashed walls, tiled floors, wood-beamed ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces. Its furnishings remain in keeping with this authentic style and include large, dark wood dining tables, sideboards and glass-fronted dressers and cupboards. The bathrooms, all en suite, and kitchens are, however, fully equipped with the most up-to-date facilities, ensuring maximum comfort.
As the house is built on a variety of levels, secluded lawns, verandas and paved terraces are located at different elevations, affording ample opportunity for sunbathing or al fresco dining. A separate little stone structure on the back lawn houses the barbeque and wood-burning pizza oven, perfect for just such occasions.
Well-kept lawns, colourfully planted flowerbeds and shady olive trees surround the house, while taller conifers give shelter and protection at the front, towards the approach road. The entire grounds are securely fenced in.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence Peretola 75 km, Nearest railway: Arezzo|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (10), Cots (2), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
On-site facilities and local services:
- Swimming pool - 5 x 12 meters and 1 - 1.8 meters deep, open from May to September
- Tennis (available 6km away in Arezzo)
- Wine Tastings: can be organized at an enoteca with viewings of the cellars.
- Cook on request
From a quiet country road, with magnificent views over vines, olive groves and wooded hills to either side, you turn through entrance gates on to the villa’s gravel driveway, which brings you to the gravel forecourt. Decorating the surrounding lawns are terracotta urns filled with bright flowers.
A pathway leads you down to the rear of the property, where the pool (5 x 10 meters and 1 - 1.8 meters deep, open from May to September) terrace is closed off by another gate, as well as being fully fenced in. This suntrap setting boasts a superb scenic backdrop, embracing the unspoilt Tuscan countryside around Arezzo. Toilet, shower and changing-room facilities are provided by the little on-site pool house.
Distances - Florence 60km, Siena 70km, Arezzo 6km, Cortona 20km
Approach road - all paved road
The Tuscany region
Tuscany provides the backdrop to the genius and creativity that was the Italian Renaissance. The region boasts a great variety in its geography dotted with its lovely hill towns, coastal resorts, vineyards, olive groves, marble quarries and even winter ski resorts.
World famous towns and cities are Cortona, Siena, Arezzo and Firenze. The climate in Tuscany is very mild, in general. The summers in Tuscany are without rain and very hot, especially in the valleys. Spring (April and may) and autumn (October and November) might be rainy but there are still dry, sunny days. In the winter there are sunny, mild days but at night it sometimes gets very cold. July is the hottest month with temperatures from 23°C up to 30°C.
The property is situated just 2 kms above the village of Antria, where there is a local grocer’s store. From here it is a further 10-minute drive to Arezzo and the “IperCoop” hypermarket on its outskirts. The A1 Florence-Rome highway can be accessed directly from Arezzo, as can the direct Florence-Rome rail connection.
Arezzo itself is a beautiful hilltop town of Etruscan origin and its San Francesco Basilica is home to the celebrated 15th century fresco-cycle “The Legend of the True Cross” by Piero della Francesca. This uncommercialized centre makes an ideal base for exploring Tuscany’s rich cultural and scenic heritage, with Florence, Siena, Cortona, Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano all easy day-trip destinations. Both the forested Casentino hills and the Apennine range to the north of Arezzo afford marvellous walking opportunities.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEARBY: A monthly Antiques Fair is held inArezzo; the Val di Chiana Outlet Village shopping centre, where you can purchase famous brand-names at drastically reduced prices, is within a short driving distance; walking and hiking; horseriding; tennis; wine tours and tasting; fabulous dining; thermal spas; Roman/Medieval/Renaissance art and architecture.
Main attractions and places to visit in Arezzo which is 6 km from the villa are the Archeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Mecenate), Casa del Petrarca (Paintings, art collections), Cathedral (Architecture - Gothic), Christian sites and the museum of Diocesano di Arte Sacra, Casa di Giorgio Vasari.
Other places of interest are in Bibbiena (30km): Santa Maria del Sasso (Christian sites); Camaldoli (45km): Christian sites; Architecture - Baroque or Rococo; Eremo di Camaldoli (45km): Christian sites; Paintings, art collections; Medical, pharmacy attraction; Caprese Michelangelo (50km): Paintings, art collections; Casa Natali of Michelángelo.
Towns must be visit are La Verna, Poppi, San Sepolcro and Anghiari.